Wolfpack Moves in on Millard

Manchester (NH) Trinity High standout Chad Millard's junior season came to a surprising end in the state semifinals, and now his focus turns to the AAU summer circuit.

Manchester (NH) Trinity High standout Chad Millard's season came to a surprising end in the state semifinals, and now his focus turns to the AAU summer circuit.

"I had a good season," Millard said. "I averaged 17 points a game and 7 rebounds, but my team had a lot of scorers. Luke Bonner who's going to West Virginia, and a D-1 shooting guard also played with us so there was several scoring options on our team."

"Now that high school ball is over I'm playing AAU with Blessed IJN (formerly Indiana Heat), and our first tournament is next weekend in Las Vegas. I'm excited about that."

Millard, who compares his game to current N.C. State All-American Julius Hodge, has a long list of suitors from along the east coast and throughout the midwest. However, he's beginning to narrow his choices and currently has a solid top four.

"I'm really looking at Louisville, N.C. State,Kansas, Missouri, and a couple more too," he said. "Missouri's offered me, N.C. State's offered, and Kansas is about to soon."

When asked if he has a leader, Chad points out that it is too early in the process, and he wants to get more familiar with his top schools.

"I just don't have a favorite right now. I want to get out and see all of my schools so I can have something to compare. Everyone's telling me the officials are different so I want to do those."

Herb Sendek's N.C. State Wolfpack has made a favorable impression on Millard, with their surprising ACC finish this season and unique offensive system. Also, it doesn't hurt having Julius Hodge on your team and an idol for top high school athletes.

"I like N.C. State a lot because of the offense they run, and Julius Hodge does his thing there. He really doesn't have a position because he can do it all. He can score, he can pass, he can dribble, he sees the floor well... he's probably the best comparison to my game. Julius Hodge fits pretty well into their system, and I like what they do."

"The coaches have been up to my school for a couple of practices, and they seem pretty cool. They told me I would fit into what they try to do because of my versatility and that I have a spot to go to school there."

Expect a late summer decision from Millard, after he takes a few official visits.

"I'd like to decide after the summer if I can. I'm trying to visit a couple of schools this April but that may be tough."

Author's Note: Chad Millard and Blessed IJN will be in the triangle for the annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in late May. He plans on taking an unofficial visit of N.C. State at this time. StateFans will have full coverage of Millard at the Tournament of Champions.

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